KENOSHA, Wisconsin (AP) – The man, who suffered a serious injury to his hand when he was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse on the night of racial injustice protests, is expected to testify this week as prosecutors close to completing his Rittenhouse murder case.
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Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, walking towards Rittenhouse, holding a pistol, was wounded in the arm moments after Rittenhouse fatally shot two others on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Testimony during the first week of the Rittenhouse trial indicated that witnesses came to Grosskreutz’s aid and placed a tourniquet on his arm before loading him into a car that took him to hospital.
18-year-old Rittenhouse is charged with shooting Grosskreutz and fatal shooting at Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber on August 25, 2020. A young police cadet from Antioch, Illinois, was 17 when he traveled to Kenosha with an AR-style rifle and the First Aid Kit in what he said was an attempt to protect the property from the demonstrations that broke out following the shooting of Jacob Blake. black man, white policeman Kenosha.
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Rittenhouse is white, like the three men he shot, but the case raised polarizing questions about racial justice, police, firearms, and white privilege.
During the first week of the Rittenhouse trial, prosecutors showed many videos in which the events of that night were shown from different angles. The jury heard testimony from people who were with Rittenhouse, as well as from police officers and relatives of the dead men.
Jason Lackowski, a former Marine who was on Kenoshi Street with his own rifle, testified on Friday about Rosenbaum, the first person to be shot by Rittenhouse. Lackowski said Rosenbaum was “belligerent” but did not pose a serious threat.
Latskovsky said that he considered Rosenbaum a “chattering idiot”, turned away and ignored him. He admitted that he had not seen everything that happened between Rittenhouse and Rosenbaum, including their final fight.
Last week, other witnesses testified that the “hyperaggressive” Rosenbaum angrily threatened to kill Rittenhouse that night and that Rosenbaum was shot dead after chasing Rittenhouse and rushing for a rifle.
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Prosecutors portrayed Rittenhouse as the instigator of the bloodshed, as well as an inexperienced teenager who misrepresented his age and medical background to others that night. Rittenhouse’s lawyer argued that he was acting in self-defense, suggesting, among other things, that Rittenhouse feared that his weapon would be taken away and used against him.
The prosecution was dealt a potential blow when Rosenbaum’s fiancée, Carianne Swart, revealed that he was on medication for bipolar disorder and depression, but did not write prescriptions because the local pharmacy was boarded up over the riot – information that Rittenhouse’s lawyers could use in their messages. an attempt to portray Rosenbaum as an aggressor.
On the day of the murder, 36-year-old Rosenbaum was discharged from the Milwaukee hospital. The jury was told about this, but did not explain why he was admitted – after a suicide attempt.
Rosenbaum’s assassination was one of the most defining moments of that night because it led to bloodshed that followed moments later.
Rittenhouse shot and killed Huber, a 26-year-old protester seen in witness video when he knocked down Rittenhouse with a skateboard. Rittenhouse then wounded Grosskreutz,
If convicted, Rittenhouse could receive a life sentence. The case sparked a fierce debate over self-defense, vigilance, the right to bear arms, and racial rioting in the United States following the assassination of George Floyd in Minneapolis and similar cases.
Two jurors were also dismissed last week. One man was fired for potential bias after telling a joke about Blake’s shooting to a court security officer, and a pregnant woman was fired after she said she felt some discomfort. Eighteen jurors remain, and 12 will eventually be selected for deliberation.
Bauer reported from Madison, Wisconsin; Forliti from Minneapolis.